Oral hairy leukoplakia: An exfoliative cytology study
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DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Hairy leukoplakia is a condition that is characterised by irregular white patches on the side of the tongue and occasionally elsewhere on the tongue or in the mouth. It is a form of leukoplakia , which refers to white patches on the mucous membranes of the mouth often arising in response to chronic irritation. Hairy leukoplakia occurs primarily in HIV -positive individuals.
It is rare in HIV-negative patients, but has been reported in patients who use immune-modulating medications e. The objectives of this study were to determine the occurrence of OHL in HIV-negative patients and report Langerhans cell counts in these lesions. Langerhans cells were counted using an immunoperoxidase stain for CD1a and light microscopy. Results: The 7 patients were male, ranging in age from 26 to 69 years. Clinically, all lesions were diagnosed as leukoplakia on the lateral border of the tongue.